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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named as the worst in the Premier League when it comes to number of shots saved.
The Spaniard’s 55.4% save percentage is the worst in the Premier League. Kepa is also ranked 127th out of 132 keeper in top 7 European leagues.
To mention that he’s the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after the Blues spent £71m to secure his signing from Athletic Bilbao, the Blues surely deserve better.
Against Newcastle, it could easily be said that the late goal scored by Isaac Hayden wasn’t the goalkeeper’s fault, but Kepa has rarely made saves beyond the ordinary. Every top goalkeeper makes world class saves, one that hasn’t been associated with Kepa.
Every champion team also need a top goalkeeper, and it’s something that the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp know and rectified while building their teams that’s now dominating the Premier League.
Liverpool had only signed Loris Karius in 2016 to become first choice ahead of Simon Mignolet as the Reds lacked a top goalkeeper that will perform on a consistent basis. Karius errors in the Champions League final against Barcelona in 2018 was the last straw for Klopp as he went on to sign Alisson for a fee of £66.8 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world at the time.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola was even more extreme in his approach to sign a top goalkeeper. The Spaniard had signed Claudio Bravo to take the place of former City star Joe Hart. After Bravo’s struggles in the Premier League, Guardiola even ditched Hart and Bravo to break the record fee for a goalkeeper at the time to sign Ederson Moraes for £35m from Benfica the following year.
It’s been two seasons of Kepa’s struggle at Chelsea, is it time for the Blues to forget about his massive transfer fee and get a goalkeeper capable of leading the club to massive honours?